BREAKING: Supreme Court Invalidates Laws Restricting Abortion Rights in Kansas – EVOL

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on July 5 to overturn two abortion regulations, reaffirming that the state’s constitution protects the right to the procedure.

In two separate cases, the court determined that a 2011 law imposing strict licensing requirements on abortion facilities and a 2015 ban on dilation and evacuation abortions violated a woman’s constitutional right to personal autonomy.

The majority opinions referenced the court’s contentious 2019 decision, which stated that the “equal and inalienable natural rights” outlined in Section 1 of the Kansas Bill of Rights encompass the right to personal autonomy, and by extension, the right to abortion.

The justices’ decision follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs ruling, which overturned the national right to abortion established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Kansas Solicitor General Anthony Powell argued in March that the state Supreme Court should “revisit” the issue in light of Dobbs and return the issue to the people.

But Kansas Supreme Court Justice Dan Biles pushed back, saying, “We’ve done that in Kansas.”

Two months after the Dobbs decision, Kansas voters rejected a constitutional amendment that aimed to clarify that their constitution does not guarantee the right to abortion and that the state

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